Education

Catholic Schools Week celebrated

The St. Thomas Catholic School eighth-grade team walked away with two out of three matches in the annual Volleyball Challenge pitting them against their teachers last Thursday. The eighth-graders sported tie-dyed shirts, while the teachers wore superhero-themed uniforms. The annual game is held as part of Catholic Schools Week.


Unity student chosen for scholar program

A senior at Unity High School has been nominated to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Lindsey Decker, daughter of Ed and Kim Decker of Philo, has been nominated for the program, which is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.


Debt-service extension base hike to be on ballot

In addition to choosing from a slate of candidates for state and county elected offices, voters in the Unit 7 school district this fall also will be voting on increasing the debt-service extension base.


Carrie Busey students spend a week at art museum

Fourth-graders from Carrie Busey Elementary School recently had the opportunity to attend school at a museum for a week.
The students took part in a program called KAM-WAM (Krannert Art Museum-Week at the Museum) at the Krannert Art Museum.
During the program, kids engage with original artwork in a public space.

Read the full story in the Jan. 18 issue of The County Star.


Grant allows 4-H members to take ‘international field trip’

Members of the Philo 4-H Friends and Cloverbuds got to take a field trip around the world without ever leaving town last week, thanks to a grant from Google.
Using a tablet, 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator Jamie Boas led the kids as they looked through the virtual reality viewers.


Two Unity students chosen for Rose’s new public policy program

Unity High School juniors Caroline Cousins and Ayradi Catron were among nearly 70 high school students from 26 high schools across State Sen. Chapin Rose’s (R-Mahomet) 51st Senate District who took part in a hands-on experience in public policy, state government and leadership on Dec. 8, as part of Rose’s Youth Advisory Council.


Dual credit to be considered

The Unit 7 school board is expected to decide at its next meeting whether to approve dual credit for Parkland College’s new Early Transfer Academy.


Remaining bond money available for projects

The Unit 7 school district has some decisions to make about its bond issues.
Superintendent Andy Larson explained that of the $5.3 million in alternate revenue source general obligation school bonds the district issued in April, $2.3 million remains from that bond issue after paying for a roof project and window replacements at Unity High School.


Carrie Busey Elementary has storybook character parade

Family and friends were invited to Carrie Busey Elementary School on Halloween to watch as students dressed as their favorite storybook characters paraded through the school.
 


Unity East Elementary holds Halloween parade

On Oct. 31, Unity East Elementary School hosted its annual Halloween parade and classroom parties.On Oct. 31, Unity East Elementary School hosted its annual Halloween parade and classroom parties.


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